19, July 2017

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Choose Gratitude

‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.’ Psalm 103:2 KJV

He sat on the park bench so depressed-looking that a policeman tried to console him. ‘Something the matter?’

‘Yeah,’ he replied. ‘The month before last my grandfather left me $500,000 and some holiday resorts.’

The policeman responded, ‘That doesn’t sound like something to be upset over.’

‘Yeah, but you haven’t heard the whole story. Last month my uncle left me $1,000,000.’

The policeman shook his head. ‘I don’t get it. Why are you so unhappy?’

He replied, ‘So far this month, nobody’s left me anything.’

Seriously, he’s part of a group of people who are unhappy no matter what they have. The psalmist shows us how to overcome an ungrateful attitude by cultivating a spirit of thanksgiving. ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

Thinking and thanking go hand-in-hand. Memory is a catalyst for worship. An old hymn declares, ‘Count your blessings, name them one by one… see what God has done.’

The psalmist encourages us to do three things: First, think about what God has given us—His forgiveness, healing, protection, redemption, love, and compassion (Psalm 103:1–5). Second, think about what God has not given us—the punishment our sins deserve (Psalm 103:8–12). Third, think about what God is yet going to give us. ‘From everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him.’ (Psalm 103:17 NIV)

God accepts you when you trust in Christ’s performance, not your own. So each morning look in the mirror and say, ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.

SoulFood: 2 Sam 22:31–24:25, Matt 26:47–56, Ps 146, Prov 18:23–24

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019

19, July 2017

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